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American Heritage Dictionary Redefines "Anchor Baby" as "Offensive" and "Disparaging"

Mary Giovagnoli | Posted 02.05.2012 | Latino Voices
Mary Giovagnoli

While the origins are not reflected in the definition, characterizing the term as both "offensive" and "disparaging" says volumes about how it is used in real life.

"Anchor Baby" Added to New American Heritage Dictionary

Mary Giovagnoli | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Mary Giovagnoli

While dictionaries may be neutral, language isn't. "Anchor baby" is a term that epitomizes the way words reflect and reframe a debate.

How to Talk Turkey on Immigration

Mary Giovagnoli | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Mary Giovagnoli

Here I offer a list of tips for making the case, politely but firmly, for a rational immigration policy.

Like Previous Administrations, Obama Is Using Existing Laws to Improve our Immigration System

Mary Giovagnoli | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Mary Giovagnoli

The Obama administration has taken a first step in laying out clear guidance on prosecutorial discretion and forming a review committee, but it can't stop there.

Dear Mr. Smith, Our Broken Immigration System Requires Solutions That Embrace Discretion, Not Eliminate It

Mary Giovagnoli | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Mary Giovagnoli

Congressman Lamar Smith has engaged in an all-out effort to turn back the clock on our immigration laws through a series of bills that may tackle one issue at a time, but equal a comprehensive overhaul.